The Board requires fifty (50) CME hours to be completed between the period of December 1 through December 1 of every odd year for each license renewal.
The Board allows ALL 50 CME units to be taken online for every 2-year renewal period.
Please be advised that you may be REQUIRED to submit documentation of your CME units and a signed affidavit that you have met the CME requirement for the license renewal period. If audited, you will be required to submit supporting documentation.
The Board automatically approves CME courses that have any one of the sponsors listed below.
The Board must receive and review a syllabus in order to determine the credit hours for each course.
At least 35 CME hours are to be taken in Category A which directly relate to scope of practice issues.
15 CME units can be taken in Category B, which include medically related issues not specific to podiatry. These CME units are awarded only half the credit contact hours. A HIPAA Conference may be advertised for 8 CME units, but would be given only 4 CMEs by the Board.
CME UNITS WILL NOT BE GIVEN FOR TEACHING AND RESIDENCY LECTURES.
No more than 25 CME units will be awarded to podiatrists who participate in NBPME test development activities.
CPR certification and/or recertification courses are approved for CME Category A Credit for up to 3 CME hours. Board Approved Sponsors include: The American Red Cross, The American Heart Association, The American Safety and Health Institute, and Ursus Lifesavers & Aquatics.
The Board, and not the sponsor of CME units, determines how many credit hours each continuing education activity is awarded.
The Board will not always give CME credit for classes attended. For example, the Board will not give credit for continuing education involving financial planning, marketing and billing or practice enhancement strategies. To avoid surprises, Board pre-approval for CME credit is always recommended.
The Board will award one (1) CME credit for attendance at Open Session Board Meetings.
Approved credits can be applied toward fulfillment of the continuing education requirement only in the renewal period in which they are earned.
It is the responsibility of each podiatrist to keep accurate records of attendance at approved continuing education programs and to substantiate those records for the current licensing period upon request
The Board, by registered mail, may at any time request that within 10 working days a podiatrist substantiates the credits earned by providing satisfactory proof of attendance and completion at approved continuing education programs.
If the licensee fails to earn the required number of credit hours, the licensee may request an extension of time. The Board at its discretion, upon good cause shown, may grant an extension of time. However, the Board may impose a requirement that the podiatrist earn up to double the number of required credit hours still to be earned (See COMAR 10.40.02.03 (E). The Board may not renew a license if the required continuing education criteria are not met.
For Podiatric Residents only - Twenty Five (25) hours of category A Credit will be granted for each full year of residency training within the current licensing cycle.